Donald Trump Denounces Racism Ahead of White Supremacist Rally Anniversary

Cheryl Sanders
August 12, 2018

"The riots in Charlottesville a year ago resulted in senseless death and division", Trump said Saturday on Twitter, without noting that most of the violence, including a auto ramming that killed counterprotester Heather Heyer and injured at least 20 others, was committed by neo-Nazi marchers.

"Some of our members are concerned about safety for their staff and guests and came to us with questions as we are a resource for the restaurant community".

On Saturday, Trump condemned "all types of racism" in a Twitter post marking the anniversary. "Peace to ALL Americans!" the president tweeted.

The president infamously blamed protesters "on many sides" for the conflict instead of specifically criticizing the racist sentiment that spurred the tragedy.

The president is at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf course, and isn't scheduled to return to Washington until Monday.

A handful of Unite the Right protestors are preparing to mark the first anniversary of the protest by marching in Washington, DC, which may spark further riots from leftist groups.

Other businesses have taken similar approaches and have said they will deny services to attendees of the Unite the Right rally.

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Amanda Duzak Trebach, who also survived the Charlottesville attack, told those at a pre-counterprotest organising meeting on Wednesday night that it's "imperative to confront the far right in order to not only block their hateful political ideas from being disseminated, but also to offer a solidly developed anti-racist" strategy.

Police are blocking off streets and mobilizing hundreds of officers for the anniversary of a deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, alarming activists who plan to rally against the hatred and bloodshed that shocked the nation last summer.

The violence culminated when a man plowed his auto into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing a woman named Heather Heyer and injuring 19.

"If there is potential for violence, it will be dealt with quickly", Dingeldein said.

Sunday's rally comes less than three months before midterm elections to determine whether Republicans maintain their majority in Congress. Democrats and independents are defending 25 seats in the Senate, compared to eight for Republicans, and need to win an additional net 23 seats to take over the House of Representatives.

Many local residents also made a point of coming downtown to mark the anniversary. Police, who appeared to be avoiding a confrontation, rode bicycles ahead of the march to stop traffic. The rally turned violent as protesters clashed with counterprotesters, ultimately resulting in the death of Heather Heyer, 32. Gov. Northam declared a state of emergency in advance, allowing Charlottesville to have a heavy police presence.

On Saturday, hundreds of police officers surrounded Charlottesville's downtown area throughout the day in order to preclude any violent outbursts, according to multiple reports.

"People are welcome into the community, people are invited into the community", she said.

The newly installed president of the University of Virginia, James Ryan, apologised for the school's inaction previous year while speaking at an event to memorialize the anniversary.

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